[ASC-list] Some Like it Hot: Life in the Central Deserts of Australia

Carla Avolio carla.avolio at sydney.edu.au
Thu Jul 29 02:53:10 UTC 2010


Australia's central deserts support rich assemblages of animals and plants:
add water, and the seemingly barren landscapes transform and pulsate with
colour and activity. In this lecture, Professor Dickman will take us through
the extraordinary 'boom' and 'bust' cycles that characterise inland
Australia and examine how life persists during good times and bad. You will
see the amazing adaptations that frogs and desert mice use to cope with the
extreme conditions, how floods, wildfires and invasive species affect the
native small mammals, and how so many species seem to appear and disappear
at different times and places over the desert landscape. With the spectre of
climate change looming, life in Australia's central deserts may provide a
glimpse of what the continent's coastal fringes can expect in future.

Date: Thursday August 12
Time: 5:45pm - 6:45pm
Location: Eastern Avenue Auditorium, University of Sydney
<http://maps.google.com.au/maps/place?cid=6654318546419014764&q=eastern+
avenue+auditorium&hl=en&cd=1&>
Cost: FREE
Contact: Sydney Science Forum
Phone: 02 9351 3021
Email: science.forum at sydney.edu.au
<mailto:11322215211908460c0b59172f27221a0b201c4a7b170c3d622738>
More info: http://sydney.edu.au/science/outreach/forum/lecture7.shtml

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School of Biological Sciences
The University of Sydney
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